Former EA CEO: Gamers will learn to love always-on DRM

Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitello has responded to the outcry of gamers worried about an always-online future. The recently resigned executive believes that, given time, we will all march in step with the industry and embrace the DRM-ruled future his people have envisioned for us.

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Majin-vegeta1548d ago


These clowns want a war?Oh well give them a war by not buying thier games.Causing them to go out of business.


FullmetalAlchemist1548d ago

Showing no mercy as usual Vegeta, I like it.

tachy0n1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

Gamers: Former EA CEOs will learn to love always-on Piracy.

^ Fixed.

ALL HAIL THE ALL MIGHTY PIRATEBAY!!!! its the only way we the people can hit them back for being stupid.

damn rich idiots thinking they can do whatever they want lel....

Welcome To The New World Order.

MurDocINC1548d ago

Millions have accepted Steam and apple so he's right.
But I doubt they'll accept DRM from a company with crappy public image like EA.

madpuppy1548d ago

MurDocINC, as for steam and apple, last time I checked you can grab a game on sale OR for as little as 5.00. I don't think that it going to work for a 60.00 and up game. especially when even bad games will retain that 60.00 price tag much longer than they should.

FOXDIE1548d ago

madpuppy, thats not even the problem, the problem is that these assholes dont want you to even play offline. At least with steam you get the option of playing offline!

SHORYUKEN1548d ago

EA = The Joker

To be honest this gen I still don't buy any EA game and I will not buy any EA game next gen.

I got the MAss Effect 1-2 and 3 for free from Playstation Plus. Hahaha.

DeanSanchez1548d ago

Games have changed. ID-tagged players carry ID-tagged consoles,
use ID-tagged games. DRM inside their software enhance and regulate their playability...

Game control.. Information control..
Account control.. Retail control.

Everything is monitored, and kept under control.

Games.. have changed.

dantesparda1548d ago


bubbles bro, that shit cracked me up, its so true though

Dee_911548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

yea, you will love going bankrupt
I love games but not enough to except getting screwed over for them.
Feel so bad for the artist,programers, modelers, and developers.The people upstairs take their wonderful work and make it into a money hungry business.

sengoku1547d ago

EA better stand clear form this mess because, i wont buy any of there games just to F them for it.
even though i'm a big fan of BF4.

pixelsword1547d ago

The particularly stupid gamers already have...

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Blank1548d ago

Yeah he is serious he is bitter about the whole poor launch of simcity and his fellow execs forcing him to step down. In the article he stated something about the "hassle" of taking the disc to a friends house im pretty sure many gamers dont mind I rather carry the disc over waiting for it to download and apply patches. Mr. Riccitello stop your ass from speaking.

DragonKnight1548d ago

@Blank: I also love how these CEO's conveniently forget about things like Bandwidth caps and how expensive it is to pay for internet once you've reached your limit. My ISP charges $2 for every extra GB I go over my limit. That frickin' adds up considering I have a low cap of 60GBs a month.

FOXDIE1548d ago

DragonKnight, where do you live? Just 60GB :O

Bimkoblerutso1548d ago

I'm with you, and we still gotta do what we can, but it's not going to stop the hordes of morons out there from throwing their money at Microsoft because "it's gonna have HALO!1!!"

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Halo, but at some point a very large chunk of gamers are going to have to make a stand, and I just don't think that's ever going to happen. As I said, there's just too many idiots out there...

NatureOfLogic1548d ago

We, the gamers should show that we are a force to be reckon with when we come together. Only if we could open the eyes of the ones who blindly support these companies.

swice1548d ago

I used to be an avid halo fanboy. But after the lame Halo 4 and that embarrassing reveal of Xbox One, my interests have shifted. Dramatically.

Getting Wii U for sure, and PS4 if they don't pull the same crap as MS

Gamer-Z1548d ago

If you want to get the word out to the casuals really all you have to do is spam facebook, twitter, and youtube. Also tell everyone you know, word of mouth can be very effective.

FOXDIE1548d ago

Thats why we need an orginization for this. A dedicated and serious orginization with goals to educate the consumer and demands equal treatment of gamers!

bluetoto1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

"but at some point a very large chunk of gamers are going to have to make a stand, and I just don't think that's ever going to happen. As I said, there's just too many idiots out there"

Oh it's already happening, no matter how they try and spin it. I'm 37 retired and I'm a solo gamer. None of these issues even affect me as I don't have gaming buddies to lend games to,(they're all married with little time to game anymore) ALL my devices are connected to the internet 24/7 anyway and I easily spend 500- 1000 a year on games so it's not about cost, but principle. 5 or 10 years ago I would not have cared and would have said too bad for others, but I'm good.

If a moron like my self is up in arms I'm sure much smarter folks are too. We can and will bury these greedy companies. Might take a more concerted effort, but we'll get it done. I was part of the gaming crash before as a child and I'm in full go mode to have another. These numnuts think they can just get away with anything until we close them down and show them otherwise.

we'll use sugar or salt but we will get it done.

dantesparda1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

People are just too stupid and nothing will change and they will fvck us and we'll let them.

Nice try though guys

rainslacker1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

Only thing we can do is continue to fight the good fight in the name of consumers and gamers. Educate the morons if you have to. When you talk to one of these morons, explain to him what's going on and what it means. It's annoying, but what else can you do?

I certainly hope you're right. I've never seen the community so banded together on one thing before. This thing has steamrolled into a hate train of epic proportions.

The key is to continue on and not let up. There will still be "morons", but don't let that sway us into becoming complacent.

If anything this whole ordeal shows us that we shouldn't become complacent. Complacency this gen has led us to this.

What will be sad is that if it's still accepted and supported by enough "morons". If that's the case, then it will only prove that we have no voice, and no matter how loudly we speak, it will mean nothing.

Here's a thought....that would mean that Cliffy B was right. We don't want that do we?

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MestreRothN4G1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

Sadly, we all know boycotts don't work at all. The only one that loses is who practises it, excluding himself of some decent options.

How many people can we reach? 10? 100? 1.000? The number, in the best scenario, is irrelevant. Until Valve leads the market respecting consumers, there's nothing we can do other than hoping for it.

We asked for this. We bought rehashed games, made preorder for retailer exclusive "bonuses", bought Diablo 3 and tons of DLC (not to mention defending online passes).

Now, actually, it is our turn to suck that big hairy one.

Yay! Justice, after all!

Blank1548d ago

Well no the ones who practice it dont lose nothing at all if they werent considering to get it or just wont get based on principle alone. Also that negative mindset is what dwindles the numbers that can be amassed even if its just one now imagine others with those same thoughts it builds up. It might be because im old school but I feel good turning down things that are anticonsumer even if it fails atleast I did my part.

MestreRothN4G1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )


The thing is: others won't do it. This process of thought isn't followed by significantly many others. That's what I was saying. You can boycott it, really, but it won't affect ANYONE except you, because most people won't do it. They won't even be reached by the complaints.

Think about CoD, the Judas of the self-righteous holierthanthou interweb gamers. It is so ridiculous the trend of saying CoD is bad, even more when people try to be hip joining the mainstream hate bandwagon, even more still when, even trying to destroy the games' reputation, it is by far the most sold game year after year since MW2.

Surely you can boycott CoD: Ghosts. I will boycott it. But it won't change a thing.

DragonKnight1548d ago

What makes you think Valve respects consumers when Steam itself is DRM? Have you tried to get a refund on Steam?

MikeMyers1548d ago

"Have you tried to get a refund on Steam?"

Have you tried to get a refund off of PSN?

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zeal0us1548d ago

They won't go out of business because there will always be someone buying their product regardless of the DRM.

Prime example SimCity. I didn't buy it but others who in-spite of knowing about the always-on drm did.

SexyGamerDude1548d ago (Edited 1548d ago )

I can't believe it. Everytime someone from EA opens their mouth..... my bull**** meter.... it's over 9000!!!!!!!!!